Catch22 and Merton Council continue to work together to raise awareness of substance misuse provision across the borough.
21 August 2014
Last week Merton Substance Misuse Support held a free summer fun day for young people aged 15-years-old and older at King George’s playing fields in Morden. Despite torrential rain that rendered outdoor activites unsafe and a storm that ruined the gazebos, attendees were able enjoy arts, crafts, sports, dance and DJ workshops inside the pavilion, where the service was also on hand to provide information and advice about alcohol and substances.
Councillors get involved
43 young people attended, plus London Borough of Merton’s Commissioning Manager for Young People and Families, Kate Jennings, and Assistant Director for Commissioning, Strategy and Performance, Paul Ballat. Mayor of Merton Agatha Akyigyina and her son also stopped by to watched the street dance and ‘socca box’ workshops.
Catch22 staff organised the event with the support of Merton Council’s Detached Youth Worker Team, who were instrumental in promoting it via Facebook and detached outreach sessions. Residents in the local vicinity were also informed, and all local youth services, whether statutory or commissioned, were invited.
The information board
Successful partnership working
Despite the weather, the event was a success thanks to partnership working between Catch22 Merton Substance Misuse Support and Merton Council’s Detached Youth Worker Team over the past year, and particularly over the summer this year. Going forward the teams will continue to work together to promote wider coverage of substance misuse awareness across the borough.
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